What to know about divorce mediation myths?

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An alternative route divorcing couples may be interested in is divorce mediation. Divorce mediation allows couples to avoid litigation as well as save a substantial amount of time and money. However, couples are hesitant to proceed with divorce mediation as there are several myths about the process. Couples should not shy away from divorce mediation because of misconceptions. If the dissolution of your marriage is imminent, reach out to an experienced Memphis, Tennessee Divorce Mediation Lawyer who can guide you through the divorce mediation process. 

What should I know about divorce mediation myths?

Divorcing couples should note common misconceptions about divorce mediation to ensure they are not dissuaded from choosing this beneficial divorce route. Common myths include:

Myth #1

A common myth about divorce mediation is that the process is not legally binding. However, once the mediation process is completed, both spouses will have to sign a contractual agreement. This will bind them to adhere to the conditions they’ve outlined in their divorce agreement. Divorcing couples typically do not believe that divorce mediation avoids litigation altogether. If divorce mediation is successful, meaning both parties can compromise and reach a mutual agreement on the terms that will apply to the termination of their marriage, litigation will be avoided. However, if one party does not comply with the conditions of the divorce agreement they will have to dispute the issue in court. If both parties can comply with the terms of their divorce agreement, they will not face litigation.

Myth #2

Another common misconception about divorce mediation is that the mediator dictates and has full control over what a reasonable divorce agreement is. However, that is not the case. Mediators simply mediate the situation. A mediator is impartial and provides couples with alternate solutions to resolve the issues at hand. Couples will establish the conditions of their divorce agreement, not mediators. Mediators are simply there to lend a helping hand.

Myth #3

In recent years, divorce mediation has become an increasingly popular route for divorcing couples. However, they are discouraged because they are clueless about how mediation works. Therefore, there is no need to worry about not knowing what to do or how the process will work. A mediator will guide you through the steps and provide couples with information regarding all facets of the process. Mediators are there to help and do so by finding alternative methods to resolve couples’ disputed issues.

Myth #4

In certain cases, couples may believe their divorce is too complex to be resolved through mediation. However, mediation can be beneficial to any couple who is open to the process, meaning they are willing to make necessary compromises to reach a fair divorce agreement.

If you are seeking a divorce, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our trusted and skilled team members. Our firm can help you choose the right divorce path for your situation.